What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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December 01, 2011


Tracy Mangold

How awesome is that? I do think you got something better because I do believe everything has a purpose and a reason. It's the getting through it that is tough. Surprises - the good ones are always wonderful. (part of the reason I love the UPS people!) Much love to you! Also so grateful we got to meet online and in person!


I am just starting to let the word for 2012 percolate in my heart/ head. Last year I chose stretch. Hoping to get my first #reverb11 post tonight. Right now I am waiting for my daughter's ballet class to end.


Surprises rock :) You make me want to run (or, in my case, do some semblance of jog).


Wonderful you had some muscles to flex when the hard times came. God bless!


You overcame. I see this through and through in your response to this prompt. Well done, Noel!


Too true; sometimes we get something different to what we expected, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have the potential to be far better than our expectations.


Your muscle metaphor is so powerful. Like you, I'm letting my word for 2012 ferment and percolate before I settle on it. I have a feeling we'll all become more resilient runners, better breathers and happier journeyers next year. I just know it.

Happy #reverb anniversary. Gratitude, for you, your words, and your friendship, does not bein to capture it.


@Tracy, I agree. The toughest challenges always reveal their purpose, even if it takes awhile. :)

@Ramona--Stretch! I love it!

@Abigal--Thanks! So glad to see you here! :)

@Stereo--Yes, and it finally seems real now that December has rolled around. There is something so satisfying about putting a tough year to bed.

@Emmalloywords--yes, what we get it often much better than what we wanted (as the Rolling Stones said once.) :)

@Roxanne--I love the ferment idea ... that is exactly how i feel. Here's to 2012 and another year of reading, tweeting and knowing you! I am so thankful to have met you on year ago! XOXO


OH, I just love this post. I can just feel you running, your hair blowing about you as you speed to that place of fullfillment. Keep going!


You know, don't you, that you ran it like a champion. I am so honored to know you, because what you are made of is inspiring to me.

Robin O'Donovan

I used to compete in long distance races and love this metaphor. My running experiences taught me not only endurance, but also sculpted me physically and mentally for life. Once we master the art of endurance, we are blessed with deep inner strength and unshakable faith sometimes follows. I'm hopeful your new word will be as fabulous and inspiring as you are!


@Dragonfly--Your words are like water stations at a marathon! :)

@Kim--Thanks, lady! I never got a varsity letter in high school, but I feel sort of like this year counts.

@Robin--Thank you! I'm so glad the metaphor worked. There is nothing like that amazing, zen place you find once you push past physical pain in a workout/run/yoga session/whatever. This year I found that the same thing can happen mentally too. :)

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